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Wednesday 27 March 2024

AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop #46 Smoky Slate

Smoky Slate with Magnolia Mood

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Art with Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop. We are working though the Stampin' Up! colours in alphabetical order, focussing on one colour each week.


This week’s Blog Hop is focussing on a pale grey called Smoky Slate. Smoky Slate is part of the Neutrals Colour Family and is a wonderful light silvery grey that can coordinate with so so many colours. This colour can be used in many ways - consider a coloured flower with Smoky Slate leaves, or a Smoky Slate stamped image instead of using Black ink - it’s much softer; or it could be used as a neutral background - perhaps trees or mountains in the background.


Smoky Slate is produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads re-inkers); Stampin' Write Marker; Stampin’ Blends Combo; Neutrals Designer Series Paper as well as Winter Meadows DSP; Faceted Gems Trio Pack; and the Celebrate Today Magnet Board Kit. 

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

Smoky Slate ink, card-stock and Stampin’ Write Marker plus the Smoky Slate design within the Winter Meadows Designer Series Paper have been used in the creation of these projects together with a range of non-Smoky Slate bits and pieces.

CARD 1

While so many colours can go with Smoky Slate I do especially love either yellow, pink or pool party with grey - so I chose pink this week, ie Bubble Bath and Berry Burst with a touch of Old Olive to go with the Magnolia Mood On-line Bundle. I adore this bundle.  I decided to have the magnolia flower stamped in Smoky Slate and either leave the flowers uncoloured with coloured background shapes or a coloured Magnolia with Smoky Slate background shapes. I couldn’t make my mind up as to which one so I created both. The two cards that are similar, but different. However, I do adore the coloured Magnolia.

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

As mentioned, the large magnolia stamp from the Magnolia Mood stamp set was stamped in Smoky Slate Classic Stampin ink. This produces a softer image with less contrast between the outline and the colouring, however, Smoky Slate ink is still strong enough to define the image well. This image was coloured with Stampin’ Blends, ie Bubble Bath, Berry Burst and Old Olive Blends Combos, plus the Colour Lifter to give soft highlights.

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

Some leaves and a flower were die cut from Basic White card-stock using the Magnolia Mood dies. Some colour was added with a Blending Brush, ie Bubble Bath ink on the flower and Old Olive ink on the leaves. Background shapes were also cut using the Thoughtful Expressions dies. The large label was cut from the Smoky Slate mottled design from the Winter Meadows DSP - this provided a subtle textured background with little effort. The smaller background shapes were die cut from Smoky Slate card-stock, with the small solid shape striped with a Light Smoky Slate Blend and a little Smoky Slate blending added with a Blending Brush.

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

A Basic White card background was embossed with the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder - currently an On-line Exclusive. A thin strip of Berry Burst Glimmer Speciality Paper - another On-line Exclusive that comes with Old Olive and White Glimmer Speciality Papers, was laid across the centre of the embossed panel and the other elements were arranged.

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

A sentiment from the stamp set was stamped in Smoky Slate ink on the Winter Meadows DSP and fussy cut out. I had planned on adding the other two rows of the sentiment inside the card - but just remembered now - oops! Some of the beautiful Pastel Adhesive-backed Sequins were added near the sentiment and a little White Bakers Twine bow was tucked under the sentiment. It still needed a little something so some splattering was added with a Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker.

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

The card inner was simply stamped with a Smoky Slate Magnolia and a strip of the Glimmer Paper adhered over. A C6 Basic White envelope was also stamped with a Smoky Slate Magnolia.

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

And now a card with a Smoky Slate Magnolia and coloured background shapes.

CARD 2

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

As mentioned, this card is similar but different. The background panel was embossed with the beautiful Layered Florals 3D Embossing Folder. The featured magnolia is simply stamped in Smoky Slate ink. The detail of this stamp is beautiful in just one colour. Some leaves were die cut from Smoky Slate card-stock. The flower and leaves sit on a Basic White label cut using a  Thoughtful Expressions die. The background shapes also used the Thoughtful Expressions dies, with the large shape cut from the Bubble Bath design from the Bright and Beautiful DSP. The smaller shapes and a thin strip were cut from a different speciality paper, the Soft Shimmer Speciality Paper - this gives a beautiful shimmer. It is retiring soon so don’t miss out.

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

A sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate ink and fussy cut out. The final touch was a double Elegant Trim bow and some Bubble Bath sequins from the Subtle Adhesive Backed Sequins. Splattering was added with both a Smoky Slate Marker and the light Berry Burst Blend.

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

The card inner and Basic White C6 Envelope were decorated in the same way as the first card described above.

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

Thank you so much for dropping by on your way around the Colour Creations Blog Hop. I know there will be so much Smoky Slate inspiration throughout the Blog Hop.

Creating gorgeous Smoky Slate Magnolia Mood cards is a wonderful way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

To continue with the Smoky Slate blog hop just click the "next" graphic below to be taken to the blog of the lovely Christine BlainI am looking forward to checking out Christine’s creation(s). I do love seeing everyone’s' projects - we use the same colour in so many ways.

I do hope to see you next week when we will be featuring Soft Sea Foam as we continue the weekly 2023-2024 Colour Creations Blog Hop series

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others.

Andrea 💕🐾


If you find a broken link or would like to view the full list of participants go to Catherine Proctor’s blog @ What Cathy Made. Cathy is our brilliant Art With Heart Team Colour Creations Coordinator.  She is a wonderful lady. Check out her delightful creation while you are there.

If you live in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of the Stampin' Up 2023-2024 Annual Catalogue and or the new January-April 2024 Mini Catalogue, then let me know and I will be delighted to send them to you.  Please don't hesitate to make contact with any other queries about this project or Stampin' Up!. 


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7 comments:

  1. Really lovely as usual Andrea, I do like the design of your cards with the frames. Your colouring is superb.

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  2. Wow, Andrea, your cards are beautiful. It's really too hard to choose a favourite. Your colouring and layering are fabulous.

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  3. Rachel Woollard27 March 2024 at 20:06

    Two gorgeous cards Andrea. This image looks amazing coloured or just stamped. I love all of the layers you have used and the added hint of glimmer and shimmer on each card

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  4. Both stunning cards, Andrea. You are really tempting me with this bundle as your cards are so gorgeous! I love, love, love your colour combinations too.

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  5. Beautiful colour choices, Andrea ... and how spectacular is that glimmer paper?! The Magnolia Mood bundle is gorgeous, and I love what you've done with it. Whilst it looks lovely with just the outline stamped, I am rather partial to your colouring on the first card. Beautiful cards, as always.

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  6. Andrea you’ve nailed the colours and impressive layering in both your cards. The coloured Magnolia flowers on your first card are so beautiful.

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  7. Gorgeous colouring once again, Andrea. I love the use of all the different diecut labels and layering in the background. I am really trying to resist this bundle.

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